A's v Tigers
Bet on a low-scoring contest when the Oakland A’s travel to Detroit to face the Tigers on Monday. Quite simply, the pitchers in this contest are two of the hottest in the game at the moment. Oakland’s A.J. Griffin has been dominated since being called up from the minors. He’s started eleven games, going 6-0 with a 1.94 ERA. In those eleven games he’s only given up as many as three runs twice – he’s given up zero runs four times. Detroit’s Max Scherzer has been every bit as good. He is 10-1 with a 2.53 ERA in his past 14 starts. What’s most impressive has been his strikeout rate over the stretch: 113 in 92 1/3 innings. Take under 9.0 runs at 1.85 as these two pitchers have been so consistently good as of late the over at 1.65 is unlikely.
Yankees v Blue Jays
Look for the New York Yankees to take a home victory when the Toronto Blue Jays come to town. At this point, Blue Jays’ Ricky Romero is so snake bitten it’s very hard to endorse his chances for success. He is in the midst of a 13-game losing streak. During that period he’s been just awful, sporting a 7.95 ERA. The Yankees are countering with Andy Pettitte, who is coming back from two months on the disabled list. Pettitte has always been carerful to only pitch when he believes he can contribute so expect him to be sharp. Still, he’ll be on a 70-pitch limit which means the New York bullpen will figure in this one. That shouldn’t be a problem: Despite losing closer Mariano Rivera at the start of the season, the Yanks bullpen is the fourth-best (out of fourteen team) in the American League in runs allowed per game. In other words, the New York relievers should hold their own and help the Yankees – on at 1.90 – beat the Blue Jays (2.00).